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Halloween displays more popular than Christmas for first time ever

For the first time ever, people in BC put more effort into their Halloween displays this year than Christmas. That’s from a survey done for BC Hydro, which found half of people in the province decorated for Halloween and 13% of them created a mega-display. In contrast, more than half...

Researchers commend military for considering ocean wildlife during training

Canadian Armed Forces are taking the right steps to protect coastal wildlife but more needs to be done, researchers say. In 2019, the military stopped using a section of ocean between Port Renfrew and Sooke for on-the-water small arms training. During the pause researchers investigated the effects of gunfire noise...

BC Ferries Changes Vessel Name to Honour Indigenous Heritage

BC Ferries says the MV Kuper, the vessel that serves Penelakut Island, has been renamed Pune'luxutth, the Hul'q'umi'num word for Penelakut. The renaming of the vessel took place Friday at the Point Hope in Victoria where the vessel is undergoing its five-year dry-docking and refit. BC Ferries says the change honours...

Feds provide $10m funding for salmon enhancement projects around Island

First Nations and environmental groups are getting nearly 10 million dollars to restore salmon habitat around Vancouver Island. The funding comes through Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Aquatic Ecosystems Restoration Fund. The largest chunk, 5 million, is going to the Nature Trust of BC to restore estuaries and fish habitat in...

Charges approved against six Island individuals in connection to drug trafficking

Six Vancouver Island residents are facing charges approved by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada relating to drug trafficking and criminal organizations. On Thursday, around two-dozen charges were approved against the residents. Court documents show Jeff Pasanen, Shawna Leblanc, Peter Billlie and Johnathan Clifford of the Comox Valley, Randal King...

Former Nanaimo finance director passes away 

The City of Nanaimo says they are saddened to hear a former city employee passed away Monday at the age of 95.  Bob Rowledge began his career with the city in 1953 and retired as the Director of Finance for Nanaimo in 1988.  According to a media release, Rowledge was active...
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